Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Recipes!

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to eat healthier and force those around me to do the same. I've been doing a lot of reading lately about the effects of preservatives and pesticides found in food, and it is some scary stuff. So I vow to not take the easy way out by buying frozen foods that I could make fresh and freeze myself. It also helps that my mom bought me a Cuisinart food processor for Christmas, and I am obsessed with it!

That being said, I started off the New Year with a delicious surf & turf dinner at my boyfriend's. We chose to do snow crab legs instead of lobster because the majority of the group prefers crab over lobster (and I don't think I will ever be able to stick a lobster in a boiling pot of water). This next statement may be a bold one, but I completely stick by it. The filet mignon was the best  I have EVER had!! I attribute this partly to my marinade (recipe to follow) and to the fact that I bought it at the butcher as opposed to a package at the grocery store. The inch and a half filets melted in your mouth. You could pick apart bite size pieces without even having to use a knife; it was that tender. Dinner was followed by individual chocolate cheesecakes with chocolate ganache frosting and bite size pieces of pancetta -- it was the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Remind me to ask Candice for the recipe.

Then last night I tried out my new food processor. After days of trying to figure out how to attach the slicing blade, I decided to slice up some russet potatoes and roast them. Using the slicing blade, I inserted potatoe halves into the pusher and it perfectly sliced the potatoes to a size that is about 2 potato chips thick. I am so excited to try out more recipes with my food processor. It cuts the prep time in half and has so many different uses.

Next on my list is homemade pesto, pizza dough, soup, minced garlic and lots more vegetables!

Here are the recipes for my beef marinade and roasted potatoes.

Teriyaki Beef Marinade
Serves 5 filet mignons

2 cups Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce (soy sauce, sesame seeds, minced garlic, minced ginger)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp all-natural honey
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Whisk heavily for 2 minutes
  3. Put beef in a gallon size Ziploc bag
  4. Pour marinade over
  5. Let sit in refrigerator for 4 hours
  6. Grill filet mignons 3-4 minutes each side
Roasted Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

5 russet potatoes (do not skin)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced onion
Grated parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
Sprigs of rosemary
  1. Cut potatoes in half, slice in food processor
  2. Mix all ingredients in bowl
  3. Place on a foiled cookie sheet in one layer
  4. Top with more parmesan cheese
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown


  1. Hi Erin, happy new year! Jamie's mom bought us the same food processor for Christmas and I love it so much! I tried it out last night for the first time - assembling it was scary! I made this salad:

    I have to try your potato recipe next. Hope you're well!


  2. Christina,

    That looks so good. I need to start eating more salad, especially ones with the power veggies.